About an hour northwest of Melbourne is Mt Macedon, known for the grand country estates and English-inspired cottages on picturesque acreage. This house is also on acreage, however picturesque it was not. A small lake, fire pits and an outdoor oven were some of the more idealistic features that adorn the property, but the house was almost hidden from view by the overgrown shrubs and unkempt lawns.
The house is a large double brick U-shaped home consisting of 5 bedrooms and multiple living areas. But the interiors were dark and cloistered, thanks to a mix of dreary carpet and curtains, dark brickwork and a lack of natural light.
It’s a solidly built house, but her true potential was hidden behind the dark and outdated décor. The opportunity to lift this house from the shadows and make it stand shoulder to shoulder with the surrounding properties was a challenge the SHA team was keen to accept.
The U-shaped layout inspired Shaynna to make both wings of the house work more harmoniously. The dated carpet and curtains were first to go, replaced with new carpet and modern soft shades that helped harness the natural light. Many of the interior brick walls were plasterboarded and painted to help create a brighter, more modern ambience. The Luxaflex® Silhouette® Shadings over the lounge doors and windows added the first touch of class to the house. The shades provided just the right amount of light and privacy the room needed, and the custom dimensions meant that every blind was a perfect fit and could cater to any shape, height, and width.
Luxaflex® Roller Blinds were installed in the bedrooms, in a modern grey ‘Concrete’ shade. The Blockout fabric offered the ultimate level of privacy and ensured maximum room darkening when lowered, during both the day and night. Being custom made-to-order, there were no light gaps around the edges and complete darkness could be achieved.
Shaynna opened up the walls at the entrance for a more free-flowing feel into each wing of the house. The front door was replaced with a BAL40 fire rated door made of glass and aluminium that also filled the front of the house with natural light.
The kitchen also went through a major change. It was a small kitchen for a house of that size, so to create more room for both cooking and entertaining, Shaynna removed the middle bench that separated the room in two, and created a large L-shape bench where the previous dining area was. A granite bench top and new appliances gave the new kitchen a more elegant feel.
Meanwhile, the sitting room also underwent a dramatic transformation. Gone were the patterned carpet and dated drapery over the windows. Brightened floors and window coverings had a huge effect on the space, as well as the new addition of modern furniture. The dark brick walls were kept and not plastered over, but ample light was still brought into the room through the Silhouette® Shadings over the windows. The contrast between the brown tones and the translucent White Diamond colour of the blinds gave the sitting room the illusion of extra light. While the Silhouette Shades were raised, the walls also became ‘frames’ for the now picturesque garden outside the windows, bringing nature and the greenery indoors and adding a secondary touch of colour.
The front of the property lacked the grandeur of the surrounding properties. So Charlie cleared the driveway of several trees and bushes which cluttered the entrance and obscured the entire house frontage. The wooden gate got a dark stain to add a touch of elegance upon arrival, and the adjoining paddock was mowed and tidied.
The courtyard that sits in the middle of the U-shaped house had fallen into decline. New lighter tiles gave the space a much-needed lift. To add depth and dimension, Charlie dressed the courtyard with clusters of pots of varying sizes and made two large planter boxes to house mature trees. An outdoor dining setting and remote-controlled retractable awning capped off the courtyard transformation. The existing fabric canopy which was green with mould was the first thing to be gotten rid of. With it removed, a vast expanse of space was revealed with the sky finally being visible. Shelter for the outdoor dining setting was still required, and the Ventura Awning was perfect for the job. When retracted, the awning melded in unobtrusively with the inner courtyard façade, but was able to cover the entire dining space when extended. The SHA team selected a muted grey colour which worked excellently with the brick surrounds.
The products in this episode were supplied and installed by Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery dealer Robinsons, Castlemain VIC.